Hello...I was looking around Yahoo yesterday about the length of time people have been on dialysis. I decided to pop my Dad's name in and it led me to here. You see...if you go back to the very beginning of this post, where the Administrator had listed the names of people and their length on dialysis, you will see Edward Strudwick at the very top. He is my Dad. He is nearing 40 years now of continuous dialysis. He celebrated his 70th birthday last Fall. While he has other health issues now, dialysis was never something that kept him down. He married, worked rotating shifts at a steel factory, raised two daughters, owned and maintained a house, and worked hard every day until he retired. Even then, he went to work for my cousin driving limos. My Mom was trained to do the dialysis at home for the first 25 years. Once Dad retired, he "retired" her and now goes to the hospital three times a week. I never remember a time when there wasn't dialysis in our lives. He learned to live with it, as did we. It never kept him, or us as a family, from doing anything we wanted to do. He followed doctor's orders and has lived a full and happy life. Today, he enjoys watching his favorite team play baseball, doing his crossword puzzles, going online, and spending time with his four grandchildren. He gets around on a scooter, as due to his other health issues, he can not safely walk around anymore. He also enjoys riding around the neighborhood visiting with the neighbors.Well...that's about it. Just wanted to register and give you an update on Dad...have a great day!
I don't believe Dr. Peter Lundin was mentioned on this thread. For those of you not familiar with Dr. Lundin, he was the first person on dialysis to graduate from medical school and become not only a physician, but a nephrologist. He was on dialysis (by choice) from 1966 to 1996 before receiving a transplant. Although Dr. Lundin has not been with us for a decade now, his influence on patient advocacy and quality of care issues continue to this day.A short history of Dr. Lundin:http://www.aakp.org/aakp-library/celebration-of-life/index.cfmA tribute to Dr. Lundin by George Harper:http://www.aakp.org/aakp-library/Peter-Lundin/index.cfm
I just came by to let you all know that my Dad, quite possibly the longest continually dialyzed person in the world, passed away on October 29th, just one day shy of his 71st birthday. In the end, it wasn't dialysis, his kidneys, his heart issues, his skin issue, or his arthritis that resulted in his death. He had an acute blood infection, and it was just too much for his body to handle.A reporter will be doing a story on him shortly...I am looking forward to reading it.
Longest patient I know is Jill she started one month after me July 1977 she as never even been called for a transplant. I had that 6 year break .What about the Oldest (apart from Kitkatz and Rerun ) a man on our unit was 90 but he only survived 6 months on haemo.